ELECTION: Power shifts away from Tories in HartBy Tim Tonkin
May 04, 2012
THE Conservatives lost three seats on Hart District Council as the authority was left under no overall control following the local elections.
Community Campaign Hart won two of the those seats in the council chamber and, although the Tories remain the largest single party, there is now a hypothetical scenario of the Liberal Democrats - who held all their seats - potentially teaming up with CCH to grab power.
The make-up of the council has now changed to 16 Conservatives, 10 Lib Dems, seven CCH members and two independent councillors.
CCH candidates ousted the Tories in Fleet Courtmoor and Crondall wards. The group's leader, James Radley, said the two new councillors - John Bennison and Tony Clarke respectively - would be "very welcome and effective additions" to his team.
Councillor Radley comfortably retained his own Church Crookham East seat, and he added that he felt his party's gains were a clear indication of voter dissatisfaction with over-development in the area.
Fleet West saw the heaviest defeat of the night, as independent candidate Alan Oliver trounced the incumbent Conservative, Tim Davies.
Councillor Oliver said his result was remarkable in a ward that had previously never not returned a Tory candidate.
Former councillor and now independent candidate, Denis Gotel, made a strong showing in Fleet Central ward but lost out to Akmal Gani for the Conservatives.
Hart election results: Con = Conservative, Lib Dem = Liberal Democrats, CCH = Community Campaign Hart, Ind = Independent, Lab = Labour, MRLP = Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Blackwater and Hawley - LIB DEM HOLD
Brian Blewett, Lib Dem - 645 (ELECTED)
Vivienne Gascoigne, Con - 280
Leslie Lawrie, Lab - 106
Church Crookham East - CCH HOLD
James Radley, CCH - 976 (ELECTED)
Debbie Moss, Con - 218
Crondall - CCH GAIN FROM CON
Tony Clarke, CCH - 682 (ELECTED)
Nippy Singh, Con - 541
Fleet Central - CON HOLD
Akmal Gani, Con - 724 (ELECTED)
Denis Gotel, Ind - 621
John Davies, Lab - 125
Howling 'Laud' Hope, MRLP - 39
Fleet Courtmoor - CCH GAIN FROM CON
John Bennison, CCH - 799 (ELECTED)
Chris Butler, Con - 614
Ruth Williams, Lab - 110
Fleet Pondtail - CON HOLD
Ian Lewis, Con - 880 (ELECTED)
Paul Einchomb, Lib Dem - 421
Satdeep Grewal, Lab - 147
Fleet West - IND GAIN FROM CON
Alan Oliver, Ind - 1,481 (ELECTED)
Tim Davies, Con - 362
Hook - CON HOLD
Mike Morris, Con - 1,251 (ELECTED)
Verd Nabbs, Lab - 340
Andy Whitaker, Lib Dem - 145
Odiham - CON HOLD
Stephen Gorys, Con - 888 (ELECTED)
Anthony Over, Lib Dem - 273
Yateley East - LIB DEM HOLD
Stuart Bailey, Lib Dem - 789 (ELECTED)
Edward Bromhead, Con - 271
Midge Broadley, Lab - 101
Yateley West - LIB DEM HOLD
Mark Murphy, Lib Dem - 646 (ELECTED)
Richard Woods, Con - 347
Joyce Still, Lab - 193